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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:37:50 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Humorous maybe, but his quote is not very profound or helpful. Sorry Mark for being so blunt.
Trivium_Discipulus
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:35:34 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


A bit narcissistic, too. Life isn't just about personal pleasure and amusement. At least it shouldn't be, IMHO.

If we don't learn to care about others equal to ourselves, we are doomed dwell on a planet that generates injustice.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
~Martin Luther King

Injustice is not deterred by selfish amusement with material goodies.
Apedo Jeomey Bright
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:57:34 AM

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I agreed with the views of my collegue members that the quote simply reflects mark twain's own spirit which is not helpful.
peaty
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:37:47 AM
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Lighten up, people! Mark Twain was a humourist, so you would expect him to say humourous things.

This is a somewhat long-winded statement of the observation made later by George Bernard Shaw: "youth is wasted on the young".
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:00:35 AM

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If only it were true!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:02:53 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


You can have more chances to be born into a royal privilege than reverse stream of life in its flow. Dream on!
pedro
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:40:08 AM
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Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.



Your hundredth birthday would be much the same then
Gustavo de S Consoni
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:28:10 AM

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Word of the day: "imaginativeness"

When I was a child I was used to play with my mental criativity.
But today, In a connected world, where we can see the deep reality of the facts, we become concious of our failures.
So, to be in a good life we need to dream a little bit.
We have to believe in Santa Claus...
We need sweet dreams.
Mark Twain is right! We need to enjoy such advantages.
Maybe, reducing our selfishness could help as well.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:39:51 AM

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The older I get, the more I believe this.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:11:28 AM

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@peaty: Amen! He was a humorist.

A damn brilliant one too. Indeed, an American treasure!
capitán
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:59:00 AM

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When we are full of strength, we are too unexperienced to achieve whatever we desire to pursuit.
When we have failed enough in life and reflected upon it so that we finally understand what we should do, then we might be feeble, softened by old age.
Then, the only answer I see is this: pursuit understanding and experience since your early days, and become strong and train your body with discipline to be a strong old man.
jacobusmaximus
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My father used to say, "I wish I was 21 again and knew what I know now". But he wasn't being humorous. And now I know what ne meant!
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jacobusmaximus wrote:
My father used to say, "I wish I was 21 again and knew what I know now". But he wasn't being humorous. And now I know what ne meant!

Me, I have blamed myself for being stupid, but I've never blamed it on my age, and I don't intend to neither. And by the way: I don't fully trust my memory, I only trust the moment now, of today's day.
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Interesting point of view. Being prudent while young yet being afforded the learner's curve and being wise and carefree in later years.
Trivium_Discipulus
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:42:41 PM
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peaty wrote:
Lighten up, people! Mark Twain was a humourist, so you would expect him to say humourous things.

This is a somewhat long-winded statement of the observation made later by George Bernard Shaw: "youth is wasted on the young".


George Bernard Shaw was a eugenicist that supported a system that fraudulently schooled people and impoverished billions through fraud... and his solution was to kill the victims in gas chambers.

Humor is fine, but when it actually reflects the attitudes of a great many people... the attitudes that lead to destructions, well, I comment on it.

No offense against Twain's genius intended.
Gishar
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:54:26 PM

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hahahh, the humorist Tom Sawyer creator talks about the joy. I was in Hannibal last Fall! There is nice landscape with the imagination of Huckleberry Finn and his fellow friend boating on the Missouri river. beautiful out there! Maybe he's talking about that capacity of youth joy when you get such natural beauty around you against the era during which he was living.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:03:47 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)



“The whole scheme of things is turned wrong end to. Life should begin with age & its privileges and accumulations, & end with youth & its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages. As things are now, when in youth a dollar would bring a hundred pleasures, you can’t have it. When you are old, you get it & there is nothing worth buying with it then. It’s an epitome of life. The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.”

– Mark Twain, letter to Edward Dimmitt, July 19, 1901 -- as found at http://www.futilitycloset.com/2011/12/16/backwards/

We are all subject to inflation by the time we can afford spending.Think But seriously, Mark Twain had some financial troubles which may have inspired the statement,
so in fact in later life he had little chance left and even less capacity.
setupi
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I wonder for Twain, should he have inherited God's salvation, this desire would be for him a reality.
Hope2
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:45:54 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Amen!
Guto André
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Like the "Curious Case of Benjamin Button".
Marguerite
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:06:01 PM

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I am indeed surprised that Twain configured age as a place of privileges and accummulation when we all know that ageing is filled with loneliness and depression besides dealing the failing of our mental capacities. Then he further says that if we age backward, we would then enjoy the privileges and acccumulatons. I was young once and remember all I wanted was to play and be loved. I could have cared less about priveleges and stuff. Stuff, ugh.
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:08:48 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)



And if that were possible how would middle age fit in between, would it hold the beginning of the privileges and accumulation or the end of youth's capacity to enjoy them?
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